I have only been briefly introduced to his work, but I am interested in learning how Fukuoka's methods could be translated to North American landscapes. For instance, every kind of weed has a season in which it is growing and then dies back, and we can take advantage of the die back season to seed and mulch. What would be some other principles that would apply and are there some that would not apply at all? Could you share one or two examples that stand out to you? I'm also aware that North America contains a lot of different types of soil, climates, etc. so what would apply to the Pacific NW, may not apply to the SE piedmont areas.
Hi Sara, Yes, there sure are different climates and conditions out there so it is impossible to generalize. As far as weed control, Fukuoka began by not doing something...plowing. That starts the farmer or gardener on a plow-weed treadmill that is nearly impossible to manage. He used a straw mulch and a continuous ground cover of white clover. The clover was stron enough in his humid climate to keep grassy weeds from getting the upper hand. In general, Fukuoka got plants to do most of the work of controling weeds and building soil. More than a bundle of techniques, natural farming is about a state of mind and a world view. If I were to pick two central themes of NF it would be give up trying to control everything and have gratitude.
onestrawrevolution.com There is no time in modern agriculture for a farmer to write poetry or compose a song -- Masanobu Fukuoka